Looking to get your documentary film off the ground? Does fundraising feel like an insurmountable task? In this three-hour Master Class, Director of Industry and Catalyst Caroline von Kuhn is joined by producers, funders and industry experts who demystify the process and offer an overview of the current funding landscape, strategy and tactics for emerging filmmakers looking to fund their next project.


Download the list of resources from Caroline von Kuhn, Anna Godas, Jessica Devaney, Noland Walker and  Carrie Lozano

Topics presented will include:

    00:00 Welcome and Introduction from Sundance Collab

    06:15 Introduction from Caroline von Kuhn

    12:30 The Current Distribution Landscape and Funding Pathways with Anna Godas

    30:30 Working with a Sales Agent with Anna Godas

    40:30 Case Studies: A Breakdown of Film Financing

    57:00 Q&A

    01:08 Case Studies: A Breakdown of Film Financing with Jessica Devaney

    01:50 Q&A

    02:01 Entry Points for Funding and Distribution Support with Carrie Lozano, Sundance & Noland

    Walker, ITVS

    02:23 How to Pitch Your Story in Meetings with Carrie Lozano and Noland Walker

    02:57 Q&A

    03:03 Closing Announcements

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Director of Industry and Catalyst at Sundance Institute
Caroline von Kuhn is the Director of Industry and Catalyst at Sundance Institute. Prior to this, Caroline was Director of Artist Development at the SFFILM (San Francisco Film Society) where she launched SFFILM Invest. She was a Co-Founder of the Points North Institute with Ben Fowlie and Sean Flynn—which produces the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF)—after coming from the Tribeca Film Festival, running the industry department after four years in publicity. more...
Jessica Devaney is a Brooklyn-based producer and the founder of MultitudeFilms, an independent production company dedicated to telling stories by and about underrepresented communities. more...
Anna is CEO of Dogwoof. The company had its first release in 2005, and since then, Anna has steered the company from a small indie film distributor to a leading global brand in the field of documentary, with theatrical distribution, sales, and production. In 2011, Anna was directly responsible for the creation of Dogwoof's international sales arm. more...
Carrie Lozano is the Director of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and Artist Programs, and is an award winning documentary filmmaker and journalist. Prior to Sundance, she was director of the International Documentary Association's Enterprise Documentary and Pare Lorentz funds, where she supported more than 60 diverse films and filmmakers at the intersection of documentary and journalism, including WELCOME TO CHECHNYA, A THOUSAND CUTS, and THROUGH THE NIGHT. more...
Noland Walker is Content VP at ITVS where he oversees the organization’s talent and project cultivation, develops a portfolio of programs, and providing editorial and production support to a broader slate of ITVS films. He co-programs the award-winning INDEPENDENT LENS series and was an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker prior to coming to ITVS. more...

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